Refer a business for a new merchant account and get paid $150 per new merchant account. If the business has multiple locations, you get the referral money for each location, no limits! Valid for USA merchants only and account must be approved by 12/31/2020.
What happens if the merchant is not approved by the end of 2020? The promotion is only valid in 2020, however, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you refer a sizeable account, then you’ll likely get compensated, but depending on the number of locations, there may be a delay.
What happens if the merchant doesn’t sign by the end of 2020, but does sign in January or later? The promotion is only valid in 2020, however, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you refer a sizeable account, then you’ll likely get compensated, but depending on the number of locations, there may be a delay.
Do you pay the referral to a person or to a company? That’s up to whomever does the referral.
Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, QIR certified, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Less than 1% of all merchant services sales representatives are QIR certified by the PCI Council. Christine is an authorized independent sales agent for a variety of merchant services and payment techology solutions.
3-DSecure is a protocol providing an additional layer of security for eCommerce transactions prior to authorization. It enables the exchange of data between the merchant, card issuer and, when necessary, the consumer, to validate that the transaction is being initiated by the actual cardholder. Ecommerce transactions includes traditional shopping cart as well as any digital payment where the cardholder initiates and completes the payment process. For example, einvoicing or electronic bill presentment and payment are ecommerce transactions.
Each card network has a name for their product that uses 3-D secure, also referred to as 3DSecure, 3DS, 3-DSecure authentication or EMV 3-D Secure. Visa rebranded Verified by Visa to Visa Secure. MasterCard SecureCode (3DS 1.0) merchants are being encouraged to migrate to Mastercard Identity Check which uses EMV 3-D Secure 2.0. American Express SafeKey 2.0 is also available now. 3-D Secure 2.x helps reduce fraud and minimize the need for one-time passcodes, improving the user experience and reducing shopping cart abandonment.
What are merchant benefits for using 3-D Secure?
More authorization approvals. False declines are a significant source of lost revenue.
Some cards have reduced interchange rates when the authentication is invoked, which are usually over 90% of fees. American Express does reduce rates.
Less friction for customers at checkout.
Reduced risk of chargeback losses. Fraud liability for “it wasn’t me” automatically shifts to the issuer; Merchants do not have to defend those chargebacks, they never even see them.
How do merchants get started using 3-D Secure?
There are two elements- the payment gateway and the merchant account. Contact your payment gateway company to see if they support it and how to set it up. In most cases, this is simply a back office set up process. Merchants may also need to sign acceptance of pricing. The transaction fees are minimal and typically more than offset by the 11 to 20 basis point reduction in merchant fees on applicable cards.
Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, QIR certified, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Less than 1% of all merchant services sales representatives are QIR certified by the PCI Council. Christine is an authorized reseller for Elavon and CenPOS products and services, in addition to other solutions.
Express checkout enables customers to pay for invoices, bills, products and services from an email or text message. During the Covid crisis, many businesses have searched for solutions, but not nearly enough have implemented solutions. As a customer, I’m still stuck trying to reach people in different time zones that are not in the office, or solutions that are frequently down or not compliant with card acceptance rules, which puts my card security at risk.
Checklist for B2B card not present express checkout:
Must offer the ability to store a card (which will be managed by the third party provider).
Storing cards must comply with current rules for storing and managing stored cards, including the ability for the customer to manage on demand which cards are on file, delete on demand, etc. See Visa stored credential mandate.
The process to store a card should include a checkbox to opt-in to store the card.
Merchant should secure the transaction with 3-D Secure to ensure lowest fees and chargeback protection.
If not using an integrated solution, it should include the ability to attach invoice on demand to send with payment request.
Solution must support level 3 processing, again to reduce merchant fees and maximize profits.
Optional: partial payments. Some merchants may want to allow partial payment so at least collecting some money while other portion is in dispute or for other reasons.
If omnichannel, the ability to use the same gateway for all services simplifies security management and accounting.
Solution should be compatible with any merchant account so if you make a change, it does not disrupt consumer or merchant.
If merchants follow all the above rules, they will get paid faster, increase customer satisfaction, and incremental sales and profits.
Both EIPP and EBPP refer to electronic bill presentment and payment and the term can be used interchangeably. E-invoicing and Ebilling started out as a way to electronically deliver invoices. But now merchants can simply send a payment request, send an invoice, or send an account sign up for the customer to self-input their card on file so the merchant never, ever inputs cardholder data.
Don’t wait. Your customers will walk away when it’s easier to do business with someone else, especially for product lines available from multiple distributors.
Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Christine is an authorized reseller for Elavon and CenPOS products and services, in addition to other solutions and is QIR certified by the PCI Council. Call Christine for all merchant services related needs.
A PCI P2PE solution can significantly reduce the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) validation effort of a merchant’s cardholder data environment as well as the cost of a third party assessor reviewing a merchant’s card data environment. Another benefit is simply the reduced risk of a data breach, and the potential millions in costs and lost reputation. An qualified assessor informed me at a conference, there has never been a data breach in an environment with properly implemented validated P2PE solution; The same cannot be said for merchants using P2PE terminals.
P2PE Applications are intended to be loaded onto PCI-approved point of interaction (POI) devices used as part of a P2PE Solution. Use of a P2PE Application on a PTS-approved POI device (outside of a listed P2PE Solution) does not constitute use of a P2PE Solution. I am frequently asked by consultants about other payment gateway compatibility with Cardconnect and the related CardConnect Bolt application dependency. Other payment gateways and or P2PE solutions, including CenPOS, are distinct solutions. Each has its own P2PE certification as documented on the PCI council website. Two different solutions cannot be used together; merchants must decide which is the better overall solution for their environment. Sidenote: CenPOS does not have any application dependencies for their P2PE certification.
Can you mix P2PE solutions, for example, for call centers vs retail? Excellent question. Certainly transactions would need to be run on different merchant accounts and each would be defined as to scope i.e. not entire business, but only part of an operation. This arrangement is not ideal, but maybe is a useful gap solution during a software or hardware migration.
Which P2PE application is best for your Microsoft Dynamics AX or D365 environment? This question is best answered by speaking with a payments consultant who is familiar with credit card processing rules, data security rules, and integration nuances. Differences in the integration methods and native features for the respective products often determine why to choose one vs another.
Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and omnichannel technology. Christine is an authorized reseller for Elavon and CenPOS products and services, in addition to other solutions and is QIR certified by the PCI Council. Call Christine for all your Microsoft Dynamics payment gateway and payment processing needs.
A preauthorization, or authorization hold, is a temporary hold on a customer’s credit card until final settlement. In this B2B transaction scenario, such as for distributors and manufacturers, the customer buys an item online, for example via Woocommerce or Shopify; the customer does not save their card on file or use a saved card on file, in which case different rules apply. Compliance with credit card processing rules improves authorization approvals, mitigates risk and reduces merchant fees.
On the merchant side for ecommerce sale described: request for authorization goes out and the issuer responds with an approval code if all goes well. By also using 3-D Secure, the merchant shifts fraud liability to the issuer, reduces chargeback risk and can potentially qualify for reduced merchant fees. An additional authorization is not required if the final settlement amount is not more than 15% of the original authorization. Note, this is based upon scenario described! However, depending on the card type, the qualified interchange rate may downgrade to the worst rate possible due to authorization and settlement mismatch; The same applies if the final settlement on the original authorization is less.
Some, but not all payment gateways and API’s have solutions to help merchants resolve the mismatch problem.
How can merchant maximize profits on this type of transaction? Here are some requirements:
Settlement date must be within 2 days of the transaction date.
Settlement date must be within 7 days of initial authorization for purchasing cards (non-gov)
Obtain and pass 1 valid electronic authorization. Authorization and settlement MCC must match. One authorization reversal is allowed.
Transaction date must equal shipping date and that date is no more than 7 days after authorization.
Transaction must include order number and either customer service phone number, URL or email.
Must have secured E-Commerce indicator of “5” or “6”. The POS Condition Code must be “59”. Must perform Cardholder Authentication Verification Value (CAVV) and AVS4 (zip code, except goverment cards).
Must Pass Level II and Level III Data.
Failure to meet all requirements can increase merchant fees more to an additional 1% or more of the transaction amount.
Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and omnichannel technology. Christine is an authorized reseller for Elavon and CenPOS products and services, in addition to other solutions. Call Christine for payment gateway, cloud technology, merchant services and check processing needs.